"In recent times Nepal's Tea is not only affecting the exports prospects of Darjeeling Tea, but also have in filtered into India's domestic market."Examine the issue.

Hint: Darjeeling and region adjacent to Darjeeling in Nepal have similar geographical and topographical conditions. The quality, aroma of Nepal tea is thus somewhat similar to Darjeeling tea but is not lasting. But that tea is available at a price half than India’s Darjeeling tea. This price difference is not only affecting the export prospects of Darjeeling tea but also have infiltrated into India’s domestic market. Worse is that it is being sold as Darjeeling tea! To stop this menace, although the Indian government has tightened import rules of tea; but the problem is that it’s really difficult to segregate the Darjeeling tea from Nepal tea at retailer level.

Question for UPSC Mains:
“In recent times Nepal’s Tea is not only affecting the exports prospects of Darjeeling Tea, but also have in filtered into India’s domestic market.” Examine the issue.

Published: October 27, 2015 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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